Nature and traditions blend harmoniously in and around San Vigilio-San Martin. This superlative holiday region harbours many spectacular natural treasures, the diversity of which is unique in the world. Visitors can look forward to discovering the Fanes-Senes-Braies and Puez-Odle nature parks, which are UNESCO World Heritage sites, in addition to the Rieserferner-Ahrn nature park. The traditional Ladin culture of this region, which is particularly evident in San Vigilio in the heart of the Ladin Dolomites, is equally as compelling and unique.
Rugged peaks towering into the blue sky above, green meadows covered in a sea of colourful flowers, mountain lakes with crystal clear waters and impressive waterfalls characterise the landscape here, which is also the ideal habitat for rare animals such as golden eagles, ibex, marmots and chamois. This environment of pristine, picturesque natural landscapes is also perfect for those who want to be active during their holiday. Here there are unforgettable experiences for visitors of all ages including adrenaline rushes for the bold and relaxation for those keen on escaping the daily hustle and bustle of the cities. Culture enthusiasts will also find much to explore. The six small villages, situated in a side valley of the Val Badia valley, protect the oldest and most authentic Ladin traditions, which originated about 2,000 years ago when Roman and Rhaetian culture merged. Since that time, the Ladin language and culture have been an integral part of the lives of local people. Food is one tradition that can be experienced here by sampling typical dishes. Menu items at the local restaurants may seem strange to you at first, but we encourage you to give “Crafuns” a try as you expand your culinary horizons.
In summertime, nature plays a starring role in San Vigilio. For instance, choose between a peaceful stroll suitable for everyone or perhaps a more demanding hiking tour. Familiarise yourself with the mountains from the saddle of a mountain bike or even a horse and enjoy the beautiful nature that surrounds you. The Fanes-Senes-Braies nature park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to many fascinating natural treasures. With a little luck, you might spot marmots or golden eagles here. And that's not all! Stroll along the fable trail (Sagenweg) with your children and find out for yourselves if the beautiful princess Dolasilla succeeded in defeating the evil sorcerer.
Whilst on family holiday in San Vigilio, let yourself be charmed by the stunning nature all around you. Take your children with you and set out along scenic hiking trails in the UNESCO Fanes-Senes-Braies nature park. Children can pick buttercups and decorate mama’s hair or explore the trees in the woods. There is so much to experience here! As junior "Dolomiti Rangers," kids can visit the animals of the forest. But don’t be confused if you suddenly feel as if you are at the seaside because San Vigilio even has its own small beach!
San Vigilio and its surroundings are a veritable open-air museum. Special guided tours are a great way to extensively explore the area. Along the way, discover the Ladin culture and traditions at the Museum Ladin or visit historic country houses and farms that have been preserved in their original states for generations. You can also visit the monument of Katharina Lanz, who became a symbol of Tyrol’s struggle against French rule. Meanwhile, in the Mühlenmuseum, you can explore the workings of the old mills, which were formerly used for processing grains and wool.
Winters in San Vigilio are enchanting and full of adventure. Snow lends the region and the natural environment a particularly atmospheric, almost magical ambiance. Enjoy the soft caress of snowflakes on your cheek. The only other sound to be heard is the crunching of your boots on the freshly fallen snow. Look about and admire the snow sculptures in the streets. Next, it's off to winter sports: whether skiing or cross-country skiing, ice skating or sledging, there are plenty of fun winter activities to enjoy. The cable cars and ski lifts start right in the village and the Kronplatz ski area is also located close at hand. For the more romantically inclined, a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the winter landscape is just the thing.
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